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  1. MiuraMan

    2020 Masters

    Sad version of the Masters song since there's no tournament this year.
  2. Video of Tiger and Rory side by side on practice range, see the similarities -- LOL
  3. Excellent point "Vinsk". What you describe has been my personal experience. At age 67 I took my son out to Bandon Dunes early Sept. Out there you have to walk all courses. After coming home I started to have pain in my left hip; I always walked at home so I was surprised at this; I could no longer walk without pain, could not sit at my desk for longer than 15 minutes; riding a cart was OK; but I had subconsciously modified my swing to avoid posting too hard on my lead leg. Even before that I had bouts of back pain where I would suffer a spasm from not bending at the hips properly or twisting around to pick up an object, while under load. These bouts would always subside after a couple of days, but were miserable at the time. Back to the hip, First trip was to PCP; he took an X-Ray nothing showed up on that so he recommended a visit to orthopedic Dr.. Earlier in my life I had seen an orthopedic Dr. about my left shoulder. In my early 20's I suffered a severe dislocation - going to bed in the barracks late one night in the dark and flopped down on the bed, only the bed wasn't there and I extended my left arm to break the fall. After that my left shoulder would dislocate easily - making a left arm only golf swing; it would dislocate at the top of my finish. So I moved on with life; whenever it dislocated I would pull it back in place. In my 40's I was surfing; walking back in carrying the board under my left arm, when a rouge wave caught me by surprise and ripped that board from my grasp. Now a simple dislocation became a major big deal - couldn't play golf etc. At this point in my life I had Medical insurance so I went to Orthopedic Dr.. After reviewing my X-Ray he described the injury to me and said yes he could operate to try and fix the issue or I could try a series of exercises targeting the rotator cuff to strengthen it and help stabilize the joint. That worked, after a while I do not have an issue with that shoulder!! Back to my hip - after the PCP I decided to try a physiatrist (sp?); he did an ultrasound on the hip to see if there was a labral tear or some other cause, then ordered an MRI. So a 67 year old with hip pain guess what the diagnosis is from the MRI - mild arthritis. He offered pain meds(declined) and said if the pain gets too much go see an Orthopedic Dr.; they can replace your hip. I know a number of golfers who have had hip replacement surgery and it was successful - but not for me. I signed up with a golf specific trainer and started working with him; I worked with him once a week for two years. I learned a lot about how muscular imbalances and repetitive movements can cause issues., and what to do to counteract the adverse Now I am pain free in the hip; much stronger in the core; no back spasms; no sciatica; no knee pain. Play golf 5 days a week and hit a lot of golf balls in my garage setup. Have played 54 hole tournaments; swinging just as well on the 54th hole as the first hole. Recently I had started having soreness in my trail shoulder after playing golf - after some research on the internet I have addressed that issue and my shoulder mobility and strength are vastly improved. Hope I did not bore you with the long story; but I tell that story in the hopes it will help other individuals. I play with a lot of older golfers and see these issues all the time - sore backs, painful hips, shoulders and knees. I always suggest they first check with medical professionals to ensure there is not a serious medical issue that needs to be addressed; then tell them my story and suggest they get with a golf specific trainer. Despite that I know two golfers who had hip-replacements; another with shoulder surgery; another talking about knee surgery. The list goes on. If you are still practicing medicine, then god speed and stay safe during this pandemic.
  4. For those interested in learning more about how Motion Capture may help the golfer, here is a link to an article: The Importance of Side-Bending at the Top of the Swing Biomechanics in Action: The Importance of Side-Bending at the Top of the Swing | K MOTION By Chris Poulin Attaining Effective Sidebend Ranges Among the golf professionals with whom I’ve worked, it’s widely accepted that there needs to be some side-bending of the upper body at the top of the backswing. But... Please note most of the articles available are by vendors of Motion Capture devices and/or coaches using these devices.
  5. Golftec uses two sensors - upper back and your tailbone, have not used this system, information gotten through a conversation with them when I was looking to buy my son a gift certificate this past holiday season. The other system I have used, K-Vest (now known as K-Motion) used three sensors - upper back, tailbone and wrist. K-Motion has added a 4th sensor on the upper arm. Over 15 years ago I had my swing analyzed at the University of Pittsburgh Biomechanics lab - they used many sensors; high end systems like this are only at universities or maybe Hollywood. Video game developers used these sophisticated systems to capture golf swings for their Golf games (see the Tiger Woods golf game). Another commercially available system is "mySwing Professional" which uses 17 sensors - lower body, upper body and arms.
  6. 1. It doesn't show anything that isn't already known to any biomechanist who has studied the golf swing using Motion Capture. I took part in such a study at the University of Pittsburgh well over 15 years ago. When I was seeing a TPI-certified fitness trainer, around 7 years ago, along with the physical training, they used the K-vest (now known as K-Motion) system. I'll discuss my personal experiences in a separate post. 2. Golftec published what they feel are key indicators of the golf swing to achieve a higher level of performance. Athletic Motion Golf (AMG) has not to my knowledge published their numbers - you can watch their you tube videos (I have watched all of them) and take notes OR spend $250/hr at their Georgia or Louisiana locations and get your swing analyzed. 3. True a high handicapper is not the targeted consumer for Motion Capture Analysis; their money is best spent seeing a local instructor, who can coach around whatever physical limitations they have and help them incrementally improve full swing, short game and putting. However lower handicap amateurs as well as those younger players aspiring to achieve a higher level (and with disposable income) may accelerate their progress by using Motion Capture Analysis - I would guess that a significant number of professional golfers have done so.
  7. No, I am not a Golftec instructor, nor have I ever trained with them. I would describe myself as a student of the game. I have on two separate occasions used Motion Capture Analysis to analyze my golf swing.
  8. The GOLFTEC SwingTRU Motion Study found a large number of correlations relating skill level to body positions within the swing. From the professional golfer to 30 handicap, we've highlighted six of these positions that most directly relate to skill level. Read about it here: SwingTRU Motion Study | GOLFTEC
  9. A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain A review of 80-plus studies upends the conventional wisdom.
  10. If you have back issues please consult your Dr. or PT first.
  11. If you have back issues please consult your Dr. or PT first.
  12. I think what your referring to is an uphill slope: Front foot above the back foot. The swing gets more difficult to finish, because gravity is pulling your weight away from the target. From a wider than normal stance you must lean back to set your shoulder parallel to the slope of the terrain; so that your swing arc won't hit into the ground. Use a club with less loft to compensate for the upslope and grip down on the shaft. The difficulty of this shot comes from having to force your body rotation (and resulting weight transfer to move up the hill through impact). You have to learn your "lean limit" for a good swing. Stand off to the side and take a few practice swings to see where the club arc is bottoming out and what the face angle is doing; remember the new ball flight laws suggest the face angle has the most initial influence on the ball's flight. Remember exaggerating your body turn to produce clubhead acceleration past impact is not an easy thing. So assess your distance to the target; how severe the slope is, the green surround and any hazards that lie ahead and make your best shot to minimize putting up a big number. The above is paraphrased from a book written by Dave Pelz, "Damage Control". The book covers a large number of recovery shots from all over the Golf course.
  13. 1) The Putter Ruler It is 36" long; has two sides - the one side has a hole in one end where you place the ball; then stroke your putt, if the ball stays on the ruler then you have hit it square (+- 0.5 degrees). The other side has colored rectangles - place the ball in the center of the yellow rectangle, then make a stroke so that your stroke path travels consistently from one color to the matching color. These are the basic drills. It has a pamphlet showing other drills including one that allows you to estimate green speed (Stimp). 2) The Gravity Grip by Evnroll - From Evnroll's website: The Gravity Grip has an ultra-light EVA foam body that only weighs 35 grams and is molded in a deep V shape. A 70 gram 10” steel rod is installed in the bottom of the V running the entire length of the grip. By positioning the weight directly under and a half-inch away from the shaft, the hands can feel the position of the putter face. Tying the hands to the putter face promotes keeping the putter’s face angle square thru the entire hitting area. This virtually eliminates face rotation at impact. The foam body, the steel rod and the outer wrap gives the Gravity Grip a total weight of 120 grams. This heavier-than-usual grip weight allows for more weight in the putter head. The result is a greater overall weight for increased stability and accuracy, while maintaining an ideal swing weight for optimum feel and distance control. I weighed the grip on my digital scale and it was actually 125gms.
  14. ✌️ It is all in good fun!! Who is the greatest golf course architect ever*? Golf Digest's March Madness Bracket Challenge seeks to find out - Golf Digest As a replacement to NCAA's March Madness, our bracket seeks your votes to define the best golf course architect of all time
  15. Probably, but that is hard to confirm without a down the line picture of you at address. What is really at issue here is whether or not you can hinge your hips properly with a neutral spine (i.e. without anterior pelvic tilt; the S shape OR posterior pelvic tilt; the C shape). If you have either posterior pelvic tilt or anterior pelvic tilt while standing upright, then you would want to address that issue first; lots of good information on youtube and other resources on the net. Use your favorite search tool. Here is an excellent video on learning the proper hip hinge.
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